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Desktop erased. Can't Locate "My Documents" folder and "Start Menu" folders

Q: Desktop erased. Can't Locate "My Documents" folder and "Start Menu" folders

Good day all.

I recently restarted my computer only to be met with an empty desktop.

Also, My Start Menu is empty. I can't locate any of programs or documents.a Right clicking and going to windows explorer, I could only view : "My Computer", "Windows (C); and when I click on them, they contain few irrelevant files.

In other words I can't find my personal saved documents, "my document" folder , recycle bin and all other programs.

My wifi still works so the only thing I can do on my system is browse on the internet.

However, I can open a microsoft office file, PDF files, if I download it directly from my email or from an external drive.

I can save files on my new blank desktop.

I presume this is a virus attack.

Can anyone be kind enough to advise me on what to do?

AFTER FOLLOWING SOME ADVICE I AM BEGINNING TO GET SOME OF MY FILES BACK BUT MY START PROGRAM FOLDERS ARE ALL EMPTY. For example; when i click the microsoft office folder, it is empty.

HOW CAN I GET RID OF THIS VIRUS PLEASE?

Thanking you in advance.

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A: Desktop erased. Can't Locate "My Documents" folder and "Start Menu" folders

closing duplicate, please respond at http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1003509-desktop-erased-cant-locate-my.html . Please do not create duplicate threads for the same issue.

thanks,

v

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Good day all.

I recently restarted my computer only to be met with an empty desktop.

Also, My Start Menu is empty. I can't locate any of programs or documents.a Right clicking and going to windows explorer, I could only view : "My Computer", "Windows (C); and when I click on them, they contain few irrelevant files.

In other words I can't find my personal saved documents, "my document" folder , recycle bin and all other programs.

My wifi still works so the only thing I can do on my system is browse on the internet.

However, I can open a microsoft office file, PDF files, if I download it directly from my email or from an external drive.

I can save files on my new blank desktop.

I presume this is a virus attack.

Can anyone be kind enough to advise me on what to do?

Thanking you in advance.
 

A:Desktop erased. Can't Locate "My Documents" folder and "Start Menu" folders

closing thread, please do not create more than one thread for the same issue. Please respond at http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1003509-desktop-erased-cant-locate-my.html .

thanks,

v
 

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Good day all.

I recently restarted my computer only to be met with an empty desktop.

Also, My Start Menu is empty. I can't locate any of programs or documents.a Right clicking and going to windows explorer, I could only view : "My Computer", "Windows (C); and when I click on them, they contain few irrelevant files.

In other words I can't find my personal saved documents, "my document" folder , recycle bin and all other programs.

My wifi still works so the only thing I can do on my system is browse on the internet.

However, I can open a microsoft office file, PDF files, if I download it directly from my email or from an external drive.

I can save files on my new blank desktop.

I presume this is a virus attack.

Can anyone be kind enough to advise me on what to do?

Thanking you in advance.
 

A:Desktop erased. Can't Locate "My Documents" folder and "Start Menu" folders

Your files and folders may have been hidden by the virus, go to folder options and 'show hidden files and folder' to see if they actually are hidden. If they are, you can use Grindler's UnHide tool to 'unhide' all of your files and folders. As for the virus, move this thread to the virus and other malware removal forum in order for it to be noticed by an authorised malware removal member.
Good luck!
 

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I have Windows 7 Home Pro installed on my laptop, and I'm one of those people that likes to keep my Start Menu folder OCD-tidy.

In W7 (as I believe it was in Vista) there are two folders that handle the program shortcuts for the Start Menu. There's a user-specific one (for programs only that user can use) and the all-users one (for programs everyone can use).

C:\Users\Joe\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
and
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

I'm the only user on my laptop, so I'd like to just consolidate these two folders into one to make it easier for me to sort and keep track of. Is there any reason not to just drag-and-drop stuff from one to the other? Is there one that I should use in preference to the other (should I keep everything in the "user" folder or the "all-users" folder?

I'm pretty sure I just did this without any problem in Vista, but I wanted to make sure so I don't mess anything up as I'm new to W7.

Thanks,
Joe

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I don't know how I did this but when I go to START and then select DOCUMENTS, nothing happens at all. It just mysteriously disappeared. Everything else works just fine. I'm flabbergasted, really. I have no idea what happened. It's not hidden - I checked.

The only way I can access it is the old-fashioned long way: c, users, owner name, documents. This is a real pain and I'd really like to resolve this. There must be a way to do so; has to be. The Start Menu is supposed to be Quick Links and all the others ones on it open-up/function/work, if you follow me.

Can any kind and bright members here please help me with this please? Pretty please?

Also, how did the folder move? What could do this? I need to know this to ensure that it never happens again.

I have Windows Vista Home Premium
Edition, 32 bit.

Crossing my fingers and toes here that I can get this problem fixed.

Thanks all and have a great day! :-)

A:Lost my "Documents" folder in my Start Menu

Hello dottie5917, I am still a bit unsure what you mean "you lost your Documents folder" because you also mention that when you click on Documents in the Start Menu (I am assuming you mean the hyperlink) also nothing happens...let's see...if what you mean is that when you, from the Start Menu, click onto the hyperlink Documents and nothing happens (the Documents window does not open), then, I sugest you do the following: Go to Control Panel/Task Bar and Start Menu/click on the Start Menu Tab/then click on Custom or Personalise/scroll down until you see Documents/then make sure that "show as hyperlink" is ticked...if on the other hand you actually lost one of your folders inside the Documents window just: Do a Search for the folder using its name/transfer back the folder to the Documents window...and sorry but I am unsure what caused either of these situations...hope you can sort it

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Hi,

When our website users click on an html attachment embedded on a web-page in IE9, the download manager will not display the "Open" option. It will only display "Save" and "Cancel" which our users don't like, having to save the
html document in a folder to open it. Whereas, when downloading attachments like pdf, word etc. all three options are displayed. 

Is there any setting to tweak , which will display all the 3 options for HTML attachments as well?

A:IE9 download manager will not display "Open" option (only "Save" and "Cancel" is displayed) for downloading HTML documents.

Hi,
As you know, the Open-Save-Cancel dialog box helps you prevent your computer from affecting by virus while downloading. 
So I suggest you test to reset all zones to a lower level temporarily and then please attempt to download this html attachment again.

However, since you can normally download the other documents, I suspect there is some restriction in the website which you are trying to view. I recommend you to contact the administrator of that website if possible.
could you please send me the link of the website from where you are trying to download the html attachment?
Thanks!


We
are trying to better understand customer views on social support experience, so your participation in this
interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time.
Thanks for helping make community forums a great place.

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I added a slave drive to my Windows XP Pro computer, and it appears to work properly.

However, when I open the "Documents and Settings" folder (on the slave drive E:\, which is Windows XP Home Edition -- not XP Pro), I do not see any of my documents, sub-folders, etc. There should be MANY sub-folders (inside the "My Documents" folder which isn't even visible), with hundreds of documents, jpgs, etc. within it.

When that drive is installed as the Primary drive in my other computer, the User "Larry" (which is me) has all Administrative privileges. On the computer that I'm running now (with the slave drive in it), I also have Administrator privileges. I own both computers.

My User Name "Larry" is password-protected when I login to Windows (when the drive is Primary and installed into my main computer (not this computer with XP Pro).

I've tried clicking on all the users; Administrator, Default User, Larry, Guest, etc. (Note: I get an "Access Denied" error when clicking on the Guest "Documents and Settings" folder).

So, the questions are:

1. Why can't I see any files or subdirectories in the "Documents and Settings" folder on the slave drive?

2. There's supposed to be a folder named "My Documents," but I can't find it. Normally, that path is "C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents".
--- Where is that folder? It contains all the files I'm looking for.
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A:Solved: Slave drive "Access Denied" on "Documents and Settings" Folder

Follow the directions here to take ownership of a file or folder.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
 

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After privacy protection installed itself I no longer have a desktop. The task bar is still on the screen as well as the start menu. But when I click on the start menu there is nothing on it. The only programs that are running are " privacy protection", "windows security center", and "XP anti-virus 2012". All three of these are running completely by themselves and I never installed or downloaded any of them. I cannot get on the internet or do anything with my computer. I know that privacy protection and XP anti-virus 2012 are fake virus protection but when my computer was still somewhat functional, these programs did not allow me to run anything which made it hard to fight it off. I have some really important stuff on my computer and I would hate to lose it all.
 

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Somehow my "Shared Documents" Folder got renamed to "Documents" when setting up my wireless network. Now when I am unable to install some software because that file name is missing.
I am not able to rename the "Documents" folder because I get the error that it is a system folder and cannot be renamed. Please help.
 

A:Unable To Rename "Documents" Folder To Original Name "Shared Documents"

You can change the share name over the network. My machine does the same thing.

When you click 'Share this Folder over the network' you are given the option to name the share. It will warn you that if it is over 12 chars, then older machines on the network may not be able to see it etc etc. Ok this and then check that the shared documents folder appears as such on the machine you wish to access with.

Bear in mind you folder will be showing in your 'Network Folders' as 'Documents on {computername} ({computername}). Can you not just point to this folder on the second machine instead?

Regards,
 

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Hi Gang,

I wish to place on my desktop the file that contains "my recent documents" and so forth that I was accustomed to with Win 98SE. I cannot find it in windows explorer.

I do understand a similar one is located in the start/my recent documents, but the list is small and limited. The other one has a list of twenty or so with other files also listed.

Any help? I have made the folders so I can see all of them to no avail.

I have WinXP.

Thanks,

davidrs
 

A:Locate "My Recent Documents" Folder

Simple... Create a new shortcut and have it point to the Recent docs folder. For example:

C:\Documents and Settings\PROFILE_NAME\Recent

Note: Instead of "Recent" you will see "My Recent Documents" since the folder name "Recent" is hidden in Windows Explorer.
 

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Hi all,

I'm puzzling this one. In the folder options when I choose 'view' the radio button to show the hidden files is missing. I've already checked the registry at the HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Advanced/Hidden

and everything seems ok (value for 'Type' is 'group' etc.). Using the XP tweak (Kelly's corner #155) shows the hidden files, but the button still missing.

Another thing that I encountered with was that from the start menu the "Help and Support" not working. Again, the registry seems fine, and the process is activated (started). This came up when I tried to use system restore option - with no success.

Virus scan didn't find alerts of any kind

To make a long story short- below is the log file of HiJackThis. Please review it and reply if you see something to be concerned with for repairing my computer.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:36:54, on 21-Dec-08
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
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A:missing "show hidden files" button + "Help and Support" not working from start menu

Ok I found the answer (after quite a lot searching), as follows:

1. for the 'Hidden files' radio button - I used methods 1 and 2 from here-
http://www.technize.com/2007/05/13/s...s-not-working/

2. for the helpcenter I just reinstalled it as described here -
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/rebuildhelp.htm
note that the file 'dataspec.xml' is needed to be available for this, and it can't be done directly from the XP CD. The thing that worked for me was to insert the XP CD, and use the file that in my computer (C:\) and afterwards another file on the CD.

Again, all this happened with no virus detection, so I believe that there is no infection. However, if someone has remarks on the HiJackThis log I've put, feel free to add them.

Have a nice day,

Fitch.

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Greetings!

I have an XP machine which I only ever user myself (as in, there are no other users on the machine, no guest account, and it logs in without a password).

I'm trying to sort out my expansive and bloated Start Menu Programs list, but it seems that there are two separate lists. One for "Joe" (the main user account) and one for "all users", I guess because some programs give the option of installing for just one user or for everyone.

All of the programs show up in the Start Menu when I click on it, but when I go into Windows Explorer to try and sort them out, there are two separate folders;

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Start Menu\Programs

I know I can move them around in these folders (ie; putting them in related groups, such as "system tools" etc), but can I move all of them from the main user to the "all users" folder, (or vice versa) without any problems?

Thanks!
~Joe

A:[SOLVED] Merging "user" and "all users" start menu program lists

Yes, you can consolidate them all in one, or slit them up as desired.

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Hello
Ive managed to change all the icons on my system to custom ones apart from devices and printers and recorded tv on the right of the start menu.(the ones that appear over your user picture when you hover over them) Ive searched everywhere for their location in the registry but cant find them anywhere.(spent 3 hrs today searching the reg for them)
Please does anyone know the keys for these 2 items.Ill be suprised if no-one on here has a list of them all somewhere

Thankyou

A:change start menu icons "devices and printers" and "recorded tv"

Hello Danny,

The default icon for Devices and Printers is located at the registry locations below. This will also change the icon in all other locatations as well. For example in the Control Panel.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}\DefaultIcon

I have not found the Recorded TV one yet though.

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I recently noticed that I no longer have a "My Computer" icon or a "My Documents" icon on my desktop. I tried to restore by right clicking on desktop, clicking Properties, clicking Desktop tab, and clicking Customize desktop. The problem is once there, both the my computer and my documents are greyed and can't be selected. I'm clueless as to how they disappeared although I was also missing the calculator and the recycle bin. Fortunately, I've found a way to get those back but I'm at a loss as to resolving the missing my computer and my documents icons.

All help will be most gratefully appreciated.

Thanks.
 

A:Lost "My Computer" and "My Documents" icons from desktop

Try a System Restore point.
 

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Can anyone help me with this ? i got a picture ... i cant sendto desktop as shortcut the icon is missing .. help !!

A:"Desktop As Shortcut" Command Is Missing from the "Send To" Menu

Maybe this info will help:
Send To Context Menu - Remove or Restore Default Items

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Hi. Start menu -> I can only see shut down, or sleep, depending on how it's configured, but to access other power options I have to click on the small white arrow to the right of the power button.

So if the default setting of the big button is shutdown then it's a hassle to choose sleep because I have to click on the oh so small button arrow thing.

There's loads of room at the bottom right of my start menu so please tell me how to have a shutdown button AND a sleep button, because I frequently use both functions and don't want to have to choose only one for quick access. Cheers

A:Start menu -> Shutdown Button - "shut down" and "sleep"

It's that difficult to click the arrow?

There is/are gadget(s) with this functionality.

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Do you or anyone else willing to help me, know which registry key I would have to manually delete in order to remove the "Move To" and "Copy To" options from my context-menu?

Please help me solve the problems with my registry. I'm using Windows XP Pro (64-bit Edition). The problems started when I tried opening windows by clicking on folders & files, which are listed on my Start Menu:

Whenever I double-click (or right-click on any folders listed on my Start Menu, and then select "Open" or "Explore") to open files listed on the menu, the "Move To" & "Copy To" windows pop-up.

The "Move To" & "Copy To" windows won't go away, unless I click on "OK" or "Cancel". And now that I have the lastest stable-release of WinRAR installed on my XP, the "Move To" and "Copy To" options aren't listed on my context-menu, anymore. However, I can't open any of the folders I want to access via my Start Menu because my registry is still setup to make the "Move To" and "Copy To" windows appear. And now when I click on "OK" or "Cancel" on each of those windows: none of the folders I wanted to open appear.

The previous owner of my PC configured the registry to make the start-menu & context-menu include the "Move To" & "Copy To" options. So whenever I click on an option in the start m... Read more

A:Why do the "Move To" & "Copy To" windows appear when I click on Start Menu?

Sorry, I have no idea how to fix your particular issue. But, the way to avoid this kind of problem is to immediately format the disk and install the operating system fresh when taking possession of a previously owned computer.
 

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Using Word 2007, I am unable to pin the "New" and "Open" Word Document to the Start Menu. I was able to do this in XP and Vista. I go to "All Programs" and can load Word but cannot find the options new/open. In Word I go to "Word Options" and it is not listed there either. Thanks.

A:Pinning "New" and "Open" Word document to start menu

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ADKR


Using Word 2007, I am unable to pin the "New" and "Open" Word Document to the Start Menu. I was able to do this in XP and Vista. I go to "All Programs" and can load Word but cannot find the options new/open. In Word I go to "Word Options" and it is not listed there either. Thanks.


ADKR,
I note that you have posted this question in Microsoft's Discussion Groups - Windows 7 - Word 2007 in Word General Questions.
Some reasonable replies were given to you that you didn't respond to. Did you actually try them?


This Tutorial written by our Brink would seem to be a reasonable alternative for you to use.
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

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Hi, I'm using Windows 8.1 x64 and I'd like to add to the MAIN menu of context menu (just right-clicking) the options to create a New Folder and a New Text Document. Right now I have to go to the "New" option and then select Folder or Text Document.

Thanks!

A:Add "New Folder" and "New Text Document" in context menu

This may help:

How to Add Any Application Shortcut to Windows Explorer?s Context Menu

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Ok, so basically, whenever I turn the computer on, 3 error messages appear:

- A virtual driver failed to inicialize DLL. Chose close to end the program. H:/Windows/system32/code/pRee.exe

- A virtual driver failed to inicialize DLL. Chose close to end the program. H:/Windows/system32/code/pRee1.exe

- Error loading H:/Archiv~/GBPLUG~/gbiehcef.dll. Couldn't find specific module.

(sorry if some terms are incorrect, my computer is in Spanish, to I tried to translate as best as possible)

Please help me solve this terrible problem, it is really getting me on my nerves! (oh, and if this helps, I've recently donwloaded this so called "Limewire acceleration", and whenever I ran the setup, it didn't work. I don't really remember the name of the website I downloaded it from, sorry...)

A:Can't Open "My Documents", "Trash" or other files in "My Computer"!?

Hi and Welcome to the forum

I am almost certain that you have malware problems. Most like caused by you doing file sharing/ P2P - Limewire.

Suggest that you go here and follow the directions:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html

Please be advised that the malware people are very busy and it could take a couple days to assist you.

BG

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HI, first of all, I found out that my home computer was infected by the lovelorn worm. Plan to clean that tonight.

Secondly, I found copies of 2 files named "folder" and "desktop" in almost all folders. The files where identical so I suspect that there is a virus that's propagating this. Is my hunch correct? Is this related to the lovelorn virus or is it another kind? What should I do?

Thanks!!!
 

A:files named "folder" & "desktop" in all directories.. is this a virus???

Symantec site you may want to review. I don't see anything about the file replication you are experiencing but the site may be helpful to you.
 

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I'm sure there is simple solution to this, but I am baffled. Upon Windows reboot (XP Pro) the My Document folder is automatically opened. How do I disable this from happening ?

Thanks in advance !
 

A:"My Documents" Folder opens on "boot up"

See if this helps.

Go HERE and read post #5

Regards Howard
 

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?
 

A:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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Anyone knows why when i remove "Send To" & "Pin To Start" context menu entries from registry, windows automatically creates new one's after restart. Never had such problem in 8, and it's driving me nuts!!!!!

Thanks for help!

A:Can't Remove "Send To" & "Pin To Start" From Context Menu

Hello Newuser015,

This may be able to help with that.

Pin to Start Menu - Add or Remove from Context Menu in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

Send to - Add or Remove from Context Menu - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I searched the forum for tutorials on how to change these two icons (see pictures),
but couldn't find any, so if anyone have the reg key location for the icons please let me know.

Thanks in Advance

A:Change Start Menu "Run" & "Connect to" icons

What are you trying to do? Its hard to find tuts from pics.

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hi,

OK, this is a weird one.

I wanted to move the "My Music", "My Pictures", "My Videos" folders to another HDD. I moved the "My Documents" Folder to this HDD without a problem but the others I accidentally set the whole HDD as the folder (if that makes sense). So now the music, videos and pictures folders are set to this HDD and dont have an actual folder to change the properties of. Therein lies my dilema.

If anyone can offer any advice on this curly issue it would be greatly appreciated.

Shane

A:Remaking "My Music", "My Pictures", "My Videos" folders

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Legume


hi,

OK, this is a weird one.

I wanted to move the "My Music", "My Pictures", "My Videos" folders to another HDD. I moved the "My Documents" Folder to this HDD without a problem but the others I accidentally set the whole HDD as the folder (if that makes sense). So now the music, videos and pictures folders are set to this HDD and dont have an actual folder to change the properties of. Therein lies my dilema.

If anyone can offer any advice on this curly issue it would be greatly appreciated.

Shane


You have a backup from before the problem started? a win 7 dvd to do a repair install?
ken

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Hi From Turkey

I have a problem.
I bought a new computer with windows seven Pro
Here is a company and we have a domain controller.
So my old computer (With windows XP Pro) was in domain.
I joined in my new computer to domain.
I removed the Harddisk of my old computer. and then i put it into my new computer case. second drive.
I restarted the computer. When i look the Second drive i can see "Document and Setting" directory. iam logging in to "Desktop" directory to copy my old files to my new desktop. but it was EMPTY.

When i remove the harddrive and put it into my old computer i can see all the files.
Has anybody have any idea?

P.S. Sorry for my bad English.

A:I cannot view the XP files "Desktop" "My documents"

Set the Win 7 PC to show ALL Files and Show Hidden and System files.

When that old hard drive is in the new computer Take Ownership of that folder. Set permissions to allow Full Control of that folder for your username.

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".


Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":




The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:




I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:




Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:





I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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A:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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G'day Folks,

1)
Should I move "Documents" or "My Documents" folder to D partition? When I click on start --> documents it opens "Documents" folder which has apps-data ...etc folders.I like to be able to click on "documents" to access my data from D,is this possible?

2)
just bought a new Asus laptop and Windows-recover turned off on C: .

i)Is it because Asus has protected partiton (c set up?
ii)should I enable window's recovery on protected partition and set restore point?

Thanking you in advance for your knowledge and experties of Windows 7

A:Should I move "Documents" or "My Documents" folder to D partition?

Hello Online,

If you wanted to move your C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents folder to another location, then OPTION TWO in the tutorial below can help show you how to easily do so. User Folders - Change Default Location
The Start Menu opens to the library location instead of the one in your C:\Users\(user-name) folder. If you would like to change that, then the tutorial below can help show you how to.Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I just noticed that there is a new (hidden) file in "my documents" folder called "Default". It is a hidden folder and was not there 4 days ago.

When I check the properties on it it simply says that is is just a Remote Desktop Connection type and it was created August 24th, 2008.

My remote desktop and remote assistance features are not active or loaded.

Is this file normal or not?

Thank you!
 

A:Solved: Hidden Remote Desktop Connection file found in "my documents" folder

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Hi,
I would like to have my "Documents" folder (not "Personal folder") to show on the right side of the Start menu (I think it is even the default, but at some point I disabled it).

On my other computers I do this by going right-click on the Start menu -> Properties -> Customize -> Documents: Display as menu.

However, it doesn't work and no matter which option I select, the folder is not shown. All the other option work (Downloads, Computer, Music, Personal folder, etc.), just not this one. I did change the My Documents position to D:\My Documents, but everything there seems to be in order (e.g. if I click on My Documents in the Explorer, it does take me to the right path).

I really don't know what else to try - I logged out, restarted, but no change.

Any help would be appreciated!

A:"Documents" don't show in Start Menu

hi there have a read of this link The Start menu (overview)

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Apologize in advance for what surely has been asked and answered before, but a quick search of this forum did not give me what I am looking for.

On my desktop are two folders, labeled images and styles, that I do not need to see. What setting must I change to make them disappear from the desktop (without impacting the functioning and appearance of my Windows installation?)

The content of styles is a file named lame.css and a sub-folder CVS with 7 files in it; the content of images is one .gif and two .png files and a sub-folder CVS with 7 files in it.

A:Get rid of "images", "styles" folders on desktop

Right click on them and check Hide.

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I have a very strange problem but thought perhaps someone could help. I am running Microsoft XP Professional 64-bit Edition which likely makes my problem even more obscure. Recently when I restarted my computer Windows would get to the desktop, but the taskbar, start menu, and systray would fail to load. What I mean is that the desktop and icons would show (but could not be opened) but the task bar would simply display as a solid blue bar. When you placed the mouse over this solid blue bar the mouse would transform into that hour glass thing. Note: By blue bar I don't mean the standard task bar but rather a two-diminsional bar which was probably the taskbar failing to render.

What I Did and Strange Result:
1. In an effort to save my "My Documents" folder I booted into safe mode (onto the administrator account) and copied the folder to an external harddrive. I then deleted the "My Documents" folder from my normal account.

2. In a last ditch effort I did a normal restart and surprisingly Windows loaded after rebuilding the My Documents folder. I then started copying my files back into the "My Docuements" folder. I then restarted Windows and poof, I was back to Windows not loading properly. I then deleted all the files in the My Documents folder and Windows loaded properly again.

3. I then tried copying a couple files back to My Documents and Windows failed to reload. I thought I might have a virus in a file that was in "My Documents&qu... Read more

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I just saw this on a new HP laptop I am working on, it actually makes a kind of Program Menu, so if you don't want a full Start Menu like Windows 7, you can use this to just have links to your Programs:

The HP Quick Start Application (Windows 8) | HP? Support
Installation Causes a reboot so unless you are ready to reboot, don't install it.

It takes a few minutes to populate the Program Links trhe first time it is run, after that it pops up quick and it can be added to Startup Programs.

A:HP's "Quickstart" acts as a "Start Menu"

Looks good.

Yep. It is designed to be a start menu, I've seen it in action. They've made it to add missing start menu functionality back to W8. This is a strategy by HP to accommodate more 'classic' users with the new OS. I think other manufacturers may use similar programs.

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Alright! Whats going on here! Never seen this problem before....

The "My Documents" folder is dissapearing from the desktop...

I can go directly to the folder "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents" - Copy it, and paste it back to the desktop....

I get a window that pops op and says 'Cannot copy My Docs folder, would you like to create a shortcut' I click yes, and poof theres my "My Documents" folder...

If I right click on the desktop and "Refresh" ( or reboot the pc ) The "My Documents" folder goes away again....

Whats going on here???


Here is my log............
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Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.3
Scan saved at 2:29:55 AM, on 6/27/2004
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Promise\FastTrak\FtrakSvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\gearsec.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\gearsec.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\smss\Home\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\smss\... Read more

A:"My Documents" folder is dissapearing from the desktop

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"Document" loads normally (1-2 seconds) from Windows Office Taskbar, and "My Documents" in Windows Explorer also loads normally. "My Pictures" does the same. All other programs function as normal. Using AVG Free antivirus-no infections, except 20 or so level 3 cookie/yieldmanagers when loading Internet Explorer/Firefox. No recent changes to the computer. Only 5% of hard drive being used. Spybot/Adaware/AVG run every couple of days. This has been happening for 3 days, tried several previous system restore points--no effect. I use an APC battery backup.
 

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When I goto "start", I see there is a option for "recent documents". Is there a way to have something similar but for "recent folders"?

I don't access documents very much, but often go searching for items inside folders which are buried multiple layers deep.
 

A:Can you add "recent Folders" to start menu

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Recently setup a new desktop and after installing Windows 7 and setting up I noticed my user folder is named "UsersFiles" in my start menu (as well as on the desktop). The folder path itself is correct and I've tried creating a new user but that user has the same issue. If I can't fix this without reinstalling I can just hide the links and ignore it but I would rather fix it. I've poured over search topics, registry entries, and other options but just cannot seem to find a solution.

A:start menu user folder link named "UsersFiles"

Hello and welcome greatwroth mate if you haven't already try these in safe mode
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2
if no go these might be worth a run just to eliminate the basic stuff
http://www.superantispyware.com/
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
ADW download from bleeping computer delete any rubbish found with the malware scans
(If you are running Kaspersky security it might rant about ADW just ignore to or disable Kaspersky for the duration of the ADW scan)

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I was hoping to be able to create a folder and be able add it to the Start Menu "Right Pane"( like documents folder, Music folder,etc.) The only things I've that I've found online is adding new folders to the start menus "All Programs" Tab. Is there any way of adding a created folder and linking it to the "Right Pane" menu?

A:Adding Created folder to Start Menu "Right Pane"

Add Custom Folder/Library to the Start Menu

Good luck

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Hi,

I use Outlook, and my Outlook mails are in a folder stored within the AppData folder.

I want the ability to type a keyword into the Start search box and be able to have these Outlook mails automatically included in the search results.

I have a Sony VAIO laptop, 64bit, running Windows 7.

I recently did a factory reset, and prior to the factory reset, the Outlook mails were showing up whenever I did a search from the Start menu.

Now they are not.

How can I make this happen again?

Thanks in advance for your help!

A:Unable to search within "AppData" folder from Start Menu

App data should be a hidden folder. Your Outlook Mail is .pst. There might be a better method if you explain what you're trying to achieve,

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I haven't been able to find any hits on this when searching, although I have to expect it has been brought up before. It is behavior that I used to see in Windows XP, but have definitely noticed it in Windows Vista when running in the XP "classic" view.

I navigate the Start Menu Programs Group list and run a program. Everything is fine. I eventually put my computer in Standby mode. Later, I wake up the computer and go to the Start Menu Programs list again. This time, I may see one or two different behaviors:

The last programs group I accessed is now hidden from view. There is a double arrow at the very end of the programs folder list that when clicked, it shows the programs group that was hidden from view.The whole programs group list is almost completely hidden, except for the last couple of programs groups that I accessed in the last session. Again, the double arrow icon is at the end of the list and when clicked, the whole programs folder list reappears.

I find that this behavior is inconsistent, but most frequently happens after accessing Microsoft Office programs. Unfortunately, because I was familiar with this behavior in Windows XP, I didn't make a mental note of when I first started noticing it in Windows Vista (I've been using it on my laptop for over 3 years). It could be that it wasn't happening initially when I first got my laptop, or I simply didn't pay attention as the frequency was low. But, I've come to notice it more lately and I'... Read more

A:Peculiar "folder hiding" behavior in start menu programs list

It's not clear to what you're seeing. Are you talking about the list of programs shown when you click on the Start button? Perhaps you could post a screenshot.

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Is there any way to restore the deleted "programs" folder from the vista start menu? I deleted it because it was just a duplicate of everything already in the start menu.

Now most of the shortcuts from my start menu have disappeared and also I can't access "Administrative Tools" in control panel.

I tried system restore to previous day but didn't work, then tried restoring to a point week back but no luck either.

i tried "Repair" of some of the programs from "Programs & Features" in control panel and they do appeared in start menu but then not all the programs have this "Repair" options in "Programs & Features".

Any help in this regard will be highly appreciated because I tried many forums but didn't get any help to resolve this and hope to get solution here.

Thanks in advance.

- Ramesh

A:Start Menu "Programs" folder deleted.

Copy all the files and folders from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and paste it to C:\Users\account name\Start Menu\Programs folder.

You will get all back.

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Where should default "start menu" folders be found?

I have a "start menu" folder sitting on my vista ho-prem's (SP1 w/x86) desktop and I suspect something's messed up "startup menu" folder locations.

Four other startup menu folders are at...

c:\windows\serviceprofiles\networkservice\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu

c:\windows\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu

c:\users\steven\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu

c:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu

Note FWHW & TWIMC, maybe it's just me (as I regularly use disk clean), but if not just me, then to avoid the techguy website's annoying overlay popups 'demanding' we either view a 'welcome' or we must click on that popup's exit button, I simply changed my favorites hotlinks for the forums to http://forums.techguy.org/75-windows-vista/
and http://forums.techguy.org/21-windows-xp/

I did that as such popups can be means to divert our browser either maliciously and/or result in depositing or recording potentially unwanted cookies and/or other undisclosed data onto/from our machines. Besides annoying and suspicious, I find such popups just a bit spam like, likely something none of us appreciate.
 

A:default "start menu" folder locations

wguru said:


c:\users\steven\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu
This is the current user's Start Menu

c:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu
This is the Public Start Menu, shared by all. Equivalent to the All Users Start Menu in NT/2K/XP
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Hello.
My folder "Acessories" and "Administrative Tools" have disappeared from my start menu button. I already went to Computer/Local Disk (C: )/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs and I see that those folders are in there, but they don't appear in the Start Menu button That's strange.

Can someone help me please?
Thanks a lot

Ruth

A:Folder "Acessories" is gone from Start Menu

Welcome, Ruth!

I don't know about Accessories, but for Administrative Tools, right-click the taskbar and click Properties. Then go to the Start Menu tab, and click Customize. There should be a check box down there.

Hope this helps,
~Jonathan

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I guees under Win7 the START menu is internally represented as a folder where new, individual, own shortcuts to the actual files are inserted (similarly to WinXP).

Where EXACTLY is this folder located (under 64bit Win7).

Or are my own START menu files coded as Registry entries?

Peter

A:Where is the "START" menu folder in Win7?

Startup Programs - Change

Per-user Startmenu: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
All user's Startmenu: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

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How to remove the "Authenticated Users" "Create Folders" permission from the root of the C Drive via command-line?
I know this question has been asked many times before, but nothing works for us!
We tried the following:
Take ownership: I cannot take ownership using the Administrator account (local and Domain Admin accounts) of the root C:. Error Access Denied
Cuurent root C: owner is TrustedInstaller and acnnot be changed.
We cannot change or remove the Create Folders permission of the Authenticated Users of the root C: . Error Access Denied.
Drive C: is hidden via GPO, but many users can enter it from the File-Explorer and create folders in the root C:.
We do not want -for many reasons- to Block/ Prevent Access to C: via GPO.
We also tried to run cacls and/or icacls under the system-account (PSEXEC -i -s -d CMD). Error Access Denied.
icacls C:\ /deny *S-1-5-11:(NP)(AD)
Error Access Denied.
icacls C:\ /remove:g *S-1-5-11
Error Access Denied.
cacls c:\ /e /c /R "Authenticated Users"
Error Access Denied.
Also using GPO "Computer Configuration\Security Settings\Restricted Groups ..." does not work!
Now we have this issue on over 450 pc's on our network. Nothing work. Please help! How to remove the "Authenticated Users" "Create Folders" permission from the root of the C: Drive on command-line?


win_builder

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